Human Resource Policy and Practice
It is the policy of South Dublin County Council to recruit and retain staff in accordance with best Human Resource practices. This allows the Council to provide an efficient and effective service to its citizens.
There are excellent career opportunities available in a wide range of administrative, professional, creative, technical, craft and general services roles. These roles are distributed across nine departments:
- Environmental, Water and Climate Change
- Housing, Social and Community
- Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development
- Land Use, Planning and Transportation
- Architectural Services
- Corporate Performance and Change Management
- Information and Communication Technologies
You can find more detailed information on our organisational structure, responsibilities and commitments in the South Dublin County Council Corporate Plan 2015 – 2019.
SDCC believe that good policy development and consistent implementation leads to good governance, excellence in service delivery and a positive work environment for staff. There are a comprehensive suite of staff policies within South Dublin County Council which can be found on our staff intranet. Examples of our policies and codes include Equal Opportunity Policy, Protected Disclosures Policy, Staff Dress Code, Dignity at Work Policy, Code of Conduct, and Policy for the Employment of Disabled People.
South Dublin County Council is committed to access and equality for all staff and a Disability Liaison, Access and Equality Officer is appointed to ensure same.
We are also the first Local Authority to commit to becoming a literacy friendly Council. The two main reasons we adopted the “Taking Steps to be a Literacy Friendly Local Authority”, action plan are to make sure that:
- The people who use our services can understand our communications and access our services without literacy being a barrier; and
- Staff are supported to address any literacy needs they may have in carrying out their jobs and to support them to progress within the organisation.
As well as all the various statutory entitlements which are available to staff which includes the following: Adoptive Leave, Carers Leave, Force Majeure, Maternity Leave, Parental Leave and Jury Service Leave. South Dublin County Council has the following benefits:
- Career Break
- Flexi time
- New Parent Leave
- Shorter Working Year Scheme
- VDU (Visual Display Unit) Scheme
- Financial Assistance for PC Purchase
- Tax Saver Commuter Tickets
- Interview Leave
- Compassionate Leave
- Exam / Study Leave
- On-site parking
- On-site Créche (County Hall, Tallaght and Civic Offices, Clondalkin)
- Black Raven Credit Union
- Cycle to work scheme
- Subsidised canteen (County Hall)
- Staff Welfare Service
We believe in sharing knowledge and expertise within SDCC and so we provide various opportunities to be part of multi-disciplinary teams. Examples of these teams include the Internal Communications Network, Staff Newsletter Editorial Team, Forward-Planning for specific projects and plans, Lean Six Sigma Projects and many more.
Education and Training
South Dublin County Council develops a comprehensive Training and Development Plan each year. The aim of this Plan is to support the achievement of corporate objectives and to address the individual development needs of staff. Training and development needs are identified at three levels within the organisation – strategic, operational and developmental. These are informed by the Performance Management and Development System at each level (Management Team Plan, Departmental Team Plans and Personal Development Plan), to identify the skills, abilities and knowledge that the organisation requires to achieve the objectives as set out in the Corporate Plan 2015 - 2019 and the Local Government Reform Programme.
Strategic / Organisational: Training needs at this level are identified through an analysis of the Corporate Plan 2015 - 2019, the annual Management Team Plan, and completion of a Competency Framework for grades 6 and up.
Operational / Departmental: Operational training needs are identified by departments to ascertain training priorities in line with departmental Team Plans.
Developmental / Individual: Personal Development Plans (PDP’s) are developed by all staff and agreed with their line managers. The PDP includes agreed training requirements needed by each staff member to meet the requirements of their job.
In addition to traditional group based training methods both online and blended Learning are used to facilitate training requirements.
The Council also encourages lifelong learning and the development of staff through the provision of our Scheme of Assistance. This Scheme assists staff, both financially and through work time off through study leave, to further support their education and personal development.
South Dublin County Council offers Secondary School Students, Third Level Students and people registered with Supported Employment Services the opportunity of gaining work experience in SDCC.
Work Experience for Secondary School and Third Level Students
SDCC provide secondary school and third level students the opportunity to avail of unpaid work experience for short periods during their school / college term. Demand is high in this area and students / teachers are asked to contact the organisation at the earliest possible stage to avoid disappointment.
It is essential that the school / college supply necessary insurance information for each student when applying.
What if I need an access accommodation for the interview or when employed?
If you have an access or support need, let us know in advance of an interview and we will do our best to meet your needs.
South Dublin County Council buildings are accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments. Braille and tactile way finding signage is provided in our buildings. Audio Frequency Induction Loops (AFILs) are available for people who are hard of hearing and the SLIS Remote Interpretation Service is available (booking is essential), in County Hall and our Civic Centre in Clondalkin. Our Disability Liaison, Access and Equality Officer is available to provide support and advice to disabled staff or work experience students / trainees.